Post by Matej on Dec 22, 2017 16:23:50 GMT -8
As we find our way towards the end the year
we have a few things we'd love to share.
We've been working real hard, so come be our guest,
v6 Alpha is here let's give it a test!
Announcing ProBoards v6: Support Forum Alpha 1
We know you've been patiently waiting for your first taste of ProBoards v6, and we're happy to provide you a small Christmas present.
As of this moment you can go to your profile here on ProBoards Support and try out some fresh v6 goodness in our ProBoards v6 Support Forum Alpha 1. Exact steps to take will be listed below. For now here are the highlights of what you need to know:
This is an open Alpha. Expect bugs to be present! Most functionality is working, but there are some things that are not completed, or are just completely broken.
The alpha is only available on the ProBoards Support forum. No other forum can access any of the updates at this time.
This is not the final version of v6, this is an open Alpha test as a gift to all of you patient people!
We would absolutely LOVE your feedback. Further information about this is lower down in this post!
We plan to keep this Alpha test open for about two weeks, with an estimated ending January 8th. The ending may be sooner or later, depending on how testing goes. We make no promises about how long v6 will be available.
ProBoards v6, codename Phoenix, brings a completely new dynamic to our forums; a uniform theme across mobile and desktop devices. As our focus was making mobile themes as useful as possible, please try to use the forum on your mobile device as well. While the desktop version has the same utility as before, the much smaller screen required an incredible amount of research to make it the best it can be, and we still have more work to do.
How to access the ProBoards v6 Support Forum Alpha
1) Go to your profile page
2) Click the Groups tab
3) Click "Join Group" next to the "v6 Alpha Tester" group
4) In your Profile Settings, change your Theme to "v6 Alpha"
5) Enjoy your first proper taste of v6!
We are excited to receive your feedback! After you have joined the v6 Alpha group, you will gain access to some hidden boards that we will use for the duration of testing. To provide feedback regarding the v6 Alpha please go to the Alpha 1 Feedback board and follow the feedback template. Responses that do not use the feedback template or incorrectly fill out the feedback template will be discarded. Please follow the guidelines and make sure you create your own thread so that everyone can appropriately review the feedback provided.
Once this Alpha has concluded we will be asking participants to fill out a survey. We will use this to learn more about your experience with v6: what you liked, what you didn't, and how we can improve.
Trying out Phoenix and decided you really like an aspect? Hate it? Wish it was different? Maybe there’s an aspect of the alpha that you just don’t understand? Please let us know! We can only make changes when we hear about them, so any constructive feedback is welcome.
There’s way too many changes and updates to list, so we’ll keep it brief with some highlights that you should absolutely check out:
It’s responsive! Use the forum on your phone or tablet without any loss of functionality, or just resize your browser to see the forum change in front of you!
The sidebars. Click on your avatar in the top left corner, or the lovingly called “hamburger” menu, to see the side menus.
The new and updated floating WYSIWYG. Create a new thread, respond to a post, or write a PM and see the brand new and updated WYSIWYG! You never have to leave the page you were on, just keep browsing, and reading all while you are composing a post!
Check out your profile - add a cover image, or update your status!
Check out the FAB (Floating Action Button) in many areas of the forum, that we previously discussed here (http://support.proboards.com/thread/625383/)
Known issues and broken functionality
As this is an early version of v6, there are some things that are simply not yet done, have major problems, or might just not display correctly.
Among them are the following:
PMing a user from their profile will not work.
PMing a user from a post will not work.
Issues with displaying very long thread titles in the latest post column. Long thread titles are... long.
Issues displaying time, where it should show a very short text, instead displays a very long date/time text.
Notification choices in profiles are very incomplete.
Plugins don’t work. Putting it plainly, the plugins are currently loaded in the wrong order and thus completely non-functional. You will notice many errors if you check the console log of your browser, but this should not be a cause for concern, just be aware that any custom functionality on ProBoards Support right now is not working.
Info center avatars are huge. We know. They won’t stay that big.
Known issues with latest iOS release on the iPad and iPad Pro, specifically with the floating WYSIWYG.
Moving forward we expect to do more public releases in a manner similar to this event. If you miss the opportunity to try out v6 now, expect to see something similar later in Q1 2018, with additional refinements and changes.
Frequently asked questions
How do I access the alpha?
Refer to the guide above for detailed instructions.
How do I leave the alpha?
Go to edit your own profile and change the theme to anything other than the v6 Alpha theme
I really don’t like this one thing! Please change it!
We would love to hear more from you and investigate, as we too would love a very nice experience for all of our users. Please fill out a feedback form in the Alpha 1 Feedback board as per the guidelines. We will review every single accurately submitted post.
- This one feature I'm trying to use is broken!
- Unfortunately, not everything is functional in the current version of v6. Feel free to let us know about the issue, but we will not be fixing non-critical issues during the course of this test.
Why did you remove _____ feature?
Most likely the feature was not removed, it is just not displayed by default. It can likely be added in the future with template editing. There might also still be features missing that we have not yet implemented.
- How do I provide feedback?
To provide feedback, please check out the Alpha 1 Feedback board.
- Is this the final version?
- No. This is the first public alpha version. Many things are still bound to change before the final release.
- When will v6 release?
- When it's ready.
- Can I test v6 on my own forum?
- Not at this stage. We will be announcing further tests in the near future. Check back regularly for updates!
- This is so overwhelming! I'm worried about _________!
- Don't worry! When the time comes for us to launch v6, you won't have to switch right away (in fact, we give you 18 months after we launch!). Also, we have the best Support Team on the planet! We'll be here to answer all of your questions and help make the transition as smooth as possible. Our plan is to provide the best possible transition for both forum owners and forum users. Stay tuned for more information in the future!
We hope you enjoy playing around with version 6 and we look forward to many more adventures in the realm of forums in the coming year.
We wish you all happy holidays and a fantastic 2018!
- The ProBoards Team